When I was growing up in school, we had the usual required texts to read and the big one that we all hated was “The Great Gatsby”. (Picture by: flickr.com)
Every class told the class below them to be ready to fall asleep every day and to hate every second of your life when you enter that classroom. Not even joking! It was everyone’s worst nightmare come true. Everyone, that is, except me. I didn’t find it horrifying or death sentencing. It wasn’t the worst 48 minutes of my life and I actually enjoyed going to that class. I could’ve done without the teacher but that’s beside the point. I actually liked “The Great Gatsby”. I think I liked it because we got to read it ourselves outside of class and not just in class with her. I could get into it at my own pace and depict it on my own level. I loved the freedom I had with it.
Ever since that moment, I have been indulged in books, reading, learning and everything in between. My senior year I took Comp 1 & 2 and we had this big book full of different stories and different exercises to practice our own writing. It wasn’t my absolute favorite but it had a lot of interesting short stories that I had never heard of. Can I remember any of them? No, because it was that awful. I still read them though and learned a lot. I was that student who did what she was told and did it without complaining. So everything I read for those classes I did with pride and dignity. (Picture by: Pixabay) I ended up receiving student of the year for my English classes that year and I knew I wanted to be an English teacher. I wish there was a cooler story of how I decided my fate but I don’t so that’s it.
Actually I didn’t always want to be an English teacher. I wanted to be a history teacher first but I realized that geography and I do not mix. When I turned to reading, I knew it was the right path for me. The fact that I could possibly get other people, students especially, to read is beyond anything I could ever do on a “good deed” kind of level. I was stoked! Teaching was the right career choice for me and I have stuck with it ever since. College has definitely encouraged that. I’ve had classes with so many amazing people who love to read and learn and I’ve learned so much from them that I can take it to my own classroom and reading life. They have made me want to be a better reader and all-around student. Picture by:commons.wikimedia.org
My life as reader hasn’t always been good or even considered the life of a reader by some. I can accept that but I am a reader. I grew up reading books and devouring them. And I have loved every minute of it. I will keep reading books until I am old and grey and in a rocking chair reading to my grand-daughter. Picture by: Wikipedia.org